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Luongo, Sedin help Canucks blank Blackhawks

CHICAGO (AP) -- Roberto Luongo made 26 saves to match his career

high with seven shutouts, and Daniel Sedin had two goals and an

assist in the Vancouver Canucks' 4-0 victory over the Chicago

Blackhawks on Sunday night.

Alex Burrows had a goal and two assists, Ryan Kesler also

scored, and Henrik Sedin had three assists to help the Canucks

end Chicago's three-game winning streak and move into a

fourth-place tie with the Blackhawks in the Western Conference.

Vancouver also closed within a point of first-place Calgary in

the Northwest Division. The Canucks are 7-2-0 in their last nine

and 11-3-1 in their last 15.

Luongo, who also had seven shutouts with Florida in 2003-04,

made only a couple of tough saves en route to his 45th career

shutout as the Canucks checked closely, neutralized the

Blackhawks' speed and limited their chances. Chicago's Patrick

Sharp fanned on a penalty shot with 5:41 left in the third


Daniel Sedin has four goals and four assists in his last four

games, and twin brother Henrik has three goals and six assists

in the same span.

Chicago's Nikolai Khabibulin made 19 saves in his fifth straight

start and seventh in the last eight games.

A series of fights broke out at 5:50 of the third. In one

skirmish, the Canucks' Shane O'Brien reached over referee Paul

Devorkski as he grabbed at Chicago's Adam Burish. O'Brien

received a misconduct in addition to a fighting major.

Chicago forward Troy Brouwer left the game at 8:19 of the first

period and didn't return. As Brouwer tried to shoot from the

left circle, he fell awkwardly as Vancouver's Darcy Hordichuk

slid into him.

Vancouver all but shut down Chicago in the first period and led

1-0 after 20 minutes.

Daniel Sedin opened the scoring 3:22 in, taking advantage of a

Chicago coverage breakdown. Henrik Sedin passed the puck from

behind the net, through Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith and to

Daniel, was who open at the edge of the crease.

Martin Havlat fired wide on Chicago's best opportunity in the

first. Following a give-and-go with Andrew Ladd, Havlat slipped

in alone in the final minute.

Daniel Sedin's pinpoint pass set up Burrows' goalmouth tip-in at

8:43 of the second to extend Vancouver's lead to 2-0. Burrows

gained a step on Chicago defenseman Brian Campbell, breezed to

the net and redirected Sedin's feed from the right wing boards

past Khabibulin.

The Blackhawks finally generated several prime chances late in

the second. Luongo made a point-blank glove save on Havlat from

the edge of the crease with just under two minutes left in the


Daniel Sedin made it 3-0 at 3:53 of the third when he was left

open swept in a shot from the right side of the net. Henrik

Sedin fed him from between the circles.

The skirmishes at 5:50 of the third were instigated by the

Blackhawks and resulted in a 5-on-3 Vancouver power play. Kesler

made it 4-0 from the slot during the chance.

Sharp was awarded his penalty shot after being pulled down by

Pavol Demitra.


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